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Press releases and news articles help educate the public and policy-makers about the research findings of the Institute for Jewish & Community Research. Scroll down to see a selected list of press releases. Click here or on the links on the left to read articles in the media about the work of the Institute. For press releases relating to Be'chol Lashon, please click here.


New Legal Center to Combat Campus Anti-Semitism

Contact: Kenneth L. Marcus
Institute for Jewish & Community Research
(415) 386-2604
Press@JewishResearch.org

San Francisco (February 16, 2012) -Former Staff Director of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Kenneth L. Marcus, announced the launch of independent Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law. www.brandeiscenter.com Marcus, director of the new center, is founding the Washington-based organization to combat campus anti-Semitism through civil rights litigation, legal research, and public policy education. ...more


Institute for Jewish & Community Research Blasts Religious Bullying and Urges Federal Response

Contact: Kenneth L. Marcus
Institute for Jewish & Community Research
(415) 386-2604
Press@JewishResearch.org

San Francisco (May 11, 2011) - IJCR’s Kenneth L. Marcus is testifying May 13 before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, urging it to take a strong stand against bullying and harassment of religious minority students. The Institute joins others urging similar protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered persons. ...more


2011 Gary A. Tobin Awards Announced

Contact: Marissa Weitzman
Institute for Jewish & Community Research
(415) 386-2604
Press@JewishResearch.org

San Francisco (May 11, 2011) - Student accounts of anti-Semitic environments on various California campuses and at Rutgers University were selected in the first annual Gary A. Tobin Awards for college student journalism on anti-Semitism. The Institute for Jewish & Community Research and Student Free Press Association partnered to establish the competition recognizing excellence in student reporting about the campus environment for Jews. ...more


Institute for Jewish & Community Research Co-convenes Major Conference on Genocide
Using lessons of the past to stop future violence before it starts

Contact: Kenneth L. Marcus
Institute for Jewish & Community Research
(415) 386-2604
Press@JewishResearch.org

San Francisco (April 4, 2011) - On April 8, IJCR Executive Vice President Kenneth L. Marcus will co-convene a major academic conference at Loyola University Chicago on "Hate Speech, Incitement, and Genocide." The conference will highlight legal efforts to prosecute the perpetrators of the genocide in Rwanda, Darfur and the former Yugoslavia, as well as consider the repercussions of failing to confront incitement to genocide in Iran and elsewhere in the Middle East. ...more


Institute for Jewish & Community Research Questions UC Irvine For Secret Meeting Introducing Students to Hamas in the West Bank

Contact: Kenneth L. Marcus
Institute for Jewish & Community Research
(415) 386-2604
Press@JewishResearch.org

San Francisco (March 30, 2011) - Institute for Jewish & Community Research (IJCR) expresses serious concerns about new information alleging that the University of California, Irvine's Olive Tree Initiative privately arranged to introduce Irvine students to senior Hamas leader, Aziz Duwaik, and urged the students to keep this 2009 meeting secret. ...more


Feds Open Anti-Semitism Investigation at UC-Santa Cruz
Complaint Alleges Pervasive Hostile Environment

Contact: Kenneth L. Marcus
Institute for Jewish & Community Research
(415) 386-2604
Press@JewishResearch.org

San Francisco (March 15, 2011) - The Institute for Jewish & Community Research (IJCR) announces that the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education (OCR) has opened a major investigation into anti-Semitism claims at the University of California Santa Cruz. ...more


Award for Excellence in Student Reporting on Anti-Semitism Launched
Institute for Jewish & Community Research and Student Free Press Association Announce $1,000 Prize for Student Journalism

Contacts:  Marissa Weitzman, Institute for Jewish & Community Research
awards@jewishresearch.org /  (415) 386-2604
Katherine Miller, Student Free Press Association
Katherine@studentfreepress.net /  (571) 228-9908

San Francisco (February 15, 2011) - The Institute for Jewish & Community Research and the Student Free Press Association announce the launch of the Gary A. Tobin Awards: Excellence in Student Reporting on Anti-Semitism.  This first in a series of awards recognizes exemplary student reporting on anti-Semitism and related prejudices in education. The Tobin Award’s goal is to stimulate interest and activity in writing that restores rational and civil dialogue on campus. ...more


No Longer Kosher to Bully Jews: Feds Reverse Civil Rights Policy on Religious Groups

Contact: Kenneth L. Marcus or Aryeh K. Weinberg
Institute for Jewish & Community Research
press@jewishresearch.org
415-386-2604

San Francisco (October 27, 2010) - The Obama administration has issued a policy reversal that protects Jews on campus buried within its response to bullying in schools. The new guidance letter by the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) warns schools of penalties if they fail to correct hostile environments for Jewish students. The new policy affirms a 2004 letter by then-OCR chief Kenneth L. Marcus, current director of IJCR’s anti-Semitism Initiative, which until now had not been followed. ...more


Scholars Condemn Antisemitism on North American College Campuses

Contact: Aryeh Weinberg
Institute for Jewish & Community Research
press@jewishresearch.org
415-386-2604

San Francisco (October 11, 2010) - As North American Jewish college students return to campus this Fall, their security on some campuses has been questioned by a leading group of antisemitism scholars in a statement on "Contemporary Antisemitism in Higher Education: Manifestations, Sources, and Responses." Assembled for two weeks, July 26 - August 6, 2010, at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., the group warns that "Jewish students and others perceived to be Jews or associated with Jews have been physically and verbally assaulted, threatened, taunted, mocked, and stalked." ...more


Anti-Semitism Continues to Surge on College Campuses

Contact: Aryeh Weinberg
Institute for Jewish & Community Research
press@jewishresearch.org
415-386-2604

San Francisco (October 28, 2009) - The Institute for Jewish & Community Research (IJCR) announced the release of The UnCivil University: Revised Edition. The Revised Edition revisits rising levels of campus anti-Semitism and the corrosion of university norms detailed in the first edition.

Released in 2005, The UnCivil University exposed how American Universities had become politicized institutions; where ideological bias trumps good scholarship, protest drowns out reasoned debate, and stakeholders fail to live up to their responsibilities. Within this environment, the twin ideologies of anti-Semitism and anti-Israelism have flourished as a prime example of the systemic ills afflicting the university. ...more


New Study by IJCR Researchers Exposes Anti-Christian and Anti-Semitic Bias in U.S. K-12 Textbooks
Reveals Gross Misrepresentation of Religion, History and Social Studies

Contacts:
Dennis R. Ybarra, Research Associate, IJCR
Jenna Ferer, Research Associate, IJCR
Institute for Jewish & Community Research
press@jewishresearch.org
415-386-2604

San Francisco (September 24, 2008) – The Institute for Jewish & Community Research (IJCR) today announces the release of The Trouble with Textbooks: Distorting History and Religion by Dr. Gary Tobin and Dennis Ybarra.

The five-year study of 28 history, geography, and social studies textbooks, published by Lexington Books, reveals that the most widely used textbooks in America’s schools are presenting a distorted view of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and the Middle East. The Trouble with Textbooks shows that textbooks are filled with errors, inaccuracies, and even propaganda. ...more


250 Africans Convert to Judaism
Many More Expected to Follow

Contact:
Diane Tobin, Director, Be'chol Lashon & Associate Director, IJCR
Jenna Ferer, Research Associate, IJCR
press@jewishresearch.org
(415) 386-2604
www.bechollashon.org

San Francisco (July 16, 2008) - Over 250 people from Uganda, Kenya, and South Africa, Ghana, and Nigeria formally converted to Judaism in a ceremony held last week in the village of Nabogoye near Mbale, Uganda. They join a community of 800 Abayudaya Jews led by Rabbi Gershom Sizomu, who was recently ordained at American Jewish University, a seminary of Conservative Judaism in Los Angeles, California, through a fellowship from Be'chol Lashon. ...more


Historic Day for Black African Jews
First Ever Gathering of African Jewish Communities

Contact:
Diane Tobin, Director, Be'chol Lashon & Associate Director, IJCR
Jenna Ferer, Research Associate, IJCR
press@jewishresearch.org
(415) 386-2604
www.bechollashon.org

San Francisco (July 10, 2008) - The Pan-African Jewish Alliance (PAJA) is holding its first multi-national meeting on July 11, 2008 with participants from Jewish communities in Uganda, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, and the United States. The representatives from African Jewish communities are gathering in Uganda to celebrate with Rabbi Gershom Sizomu on the occasion of his installation as community rabbi by Conservative rabbis from the United States. ...more


New Media Award in Jewish Diversity
NPR Commentator and Duluth News Tribune Editorial Page Editor Robin Washington is First Recipient

Contact:
Diane Tobin, Director, Be'chol Lashon & Associate Director, IJCR
Gary A. Tobin, Ph.D., President, IJCR
Jenna Ferer, Research Associate, IJCR
press@jewishresearch.org
(415) 386-2604
www.bechollashon.org

San Francisco (May 28, 2008) - Robin Washington, the editorial page editor of Minnesota's Duluth News Tribune and a television producer and National Public Radio commentator, is the first recipient of the Be'chol Lashon Media Award established to honor excellence in coverage of the ethnic and racial diversity of world Jewry. The purpose is to give recognition to journalists and others covering the wide diversity of Jewish ethnicity. ...more


Rabbi From Uganda Ordained - First Ever in the United States

Contact:
Diane Tobin, Director, Be'chol Lashon & Associate Director, IJCR
Gary A. Tobin, Ph.D., President, IJCR
Jenna Ferer, Research Associate, IJCR
press@jewishresearch.org
(415) 386-2604
www.bechollashon.org

San Francisco (May 14, 2008) - On May 19th, Gershom Sizomu will become the first black rabbi from sub-Saharan Africa to be ordained from an American rabbinic school. He will return home to rural Uganda in June 2008 to lead his Jewish community called the Abayudaya ("people of Judah") and to open a school to train rabbis to serve growing Jewish communities throughout Africa. ...more


Black, Latino, and Asian Jews From Around the Globe Meet in San Francisco

Contact:
Diane Tobin or Jenna Ferer
Institute for Jewish & Community Research
V. 415 386 2604
Jenna@JewishResearch.org

San Francisco (May 1, 2008) - Racially and ethnically diverse Jewish leaders from all over the Jewish world are meeting from May 2-5 in San Francisco. The gathering is sponsored by Be’chol Lashon, which in Hebrew means, “In Every Tongue.” This year’s participants will focus on issues about conversion to Judaism. Countries represented include Spain, Portugal, France, Brazil, Uganda, and South Africa, among others. ...more


Jewish Organizations Shut Out From Philanthropists Largest Gifts

Contact:
Jenna Ferer
Research Associate, Institute for Jewish & Community Research
press@jewishresearch.org
(415) 386-2604

San Francisco (January 7, 2008) - According to a new study released by the Institute for Jewish & Community Research (IJCR), Jewish individuals and foundations in the United States gave 95% of their dollars from gifts of $10 million or more to secular causes and 5% to Jewish causes between 2001-2003. This compares to 6% between 1995-2000. The study conducted by Gary A. Tobin and Aryeh K. Weinberg examined over 1,000 gifts of $1 million or more, representing nearly $7 billion, the largest sample of mega-gifts made by Jews ever assembled. ...more


Philanthropy's Largest Gifts Go to Colleges and Universities Religion and Human Services Are Almost Shut Out

Contact:
Institute for Jewish & Community Research
press@jewishresearch.org
(415) 386-2604

San Francisco (December 11, 2007) - According to a new study released by the Institute for Jewish & Community Research (IJCR), higher education, health, and cultural arts organizations receive the lion’s share of the largest gifts that individuals, foundations, and corporations contribute to American philanthropy. Higher education received nearly half of the dollars from gifts of $10 million or more. Gary A. Tobin and Aryeh K. Weinberg, the study’s authors, analyzed over 8000 gifts of $1 million or more made between 2001-2003. ...more


Do Jewish Federations Need Radical Reformation?

Contact:
Institute for Jewish & Community Research
press@jewishresearch.org

San Francisco (November 6, 2007) - Jewish federations need to change if they are going to remain a dominant force in Jewish philanthropy, according to a new policy paper released by the Institute for Jewish & Community Research (IJCR). The essay challenges federations to ask hard questions about their mission, purpose and operations, and examine the "nuts and bolts, structure, and mechanics of the federation itself." ...more


Jewish Foundations Give Generously to America's Charities

Contact:
Institute for Jewish & Community Research
press@jewishresearch.org

San Francisco (October 9, 2007) - According to a new study released by the Institute for Jewish & Community Research (IJCR), a sample of the largest and most prominent Jewish foundations in the United States gave 79% of their dollars to secular causes and 21% to Jewish causes in recent years. The study conducted by Gary A. Tobin and Aryeh K. Weinberg, covered approximately 50 foundations established by Jews, representing every region in the United States and over $17 billion in assets. ...more


Profiles of the American University / Volume I: Political Beliefs & Behavior of College Faculty

Contact:
Institute for Jewish & Community Research
press@jewishresearch.org

San Francisco (May 7, 2007) - According to a two-year study released today by the Institute for Jewish & Community Research (IJCR), 53% of non-Evangelical university faculty say they hold cool or unfavorable views of Evangelical Christians – the only major religious denomination to be viewed negatively by a majority of faculty. Only 30% of faculty hold positive views of Evangelicals, 56% of faculty in social sciences and humanities departments hold unfavorable views. Results were based on a nationally representative online survey of 1,269 faculty members at over 700 four-year colleges and universities. Margin of error is +/- 3%. ...more


Survey Shows Pervasive "Groupthink" on American Campuses
Nearly 1 of 3 American Faculty Cited U.S. as One of World's Most Dangerous Nations

Contact:
Institute for Jewish & Community Research
press@jewishresearch.org
Noam Neusner
Neusner Communications
noam@neusner.com
(202) 903-2463

San Francisco (October 17, 2006) - According to a survey released today by the Institute for Jewish & Community Research, 63% of university faculty say colleagues are reluctant to express their true opinions when those opinions contradict dominant views on campus...more

PDF of Press Release


IJCR Applauds U.S. Civil Rights Commission for Defending Civil Rights of Jewish Students
Civil Rights Agency Responds to IJCR's Evidence of Harassment of Jewish Students on Campuses

Contact:
Institute for Jewish and Community Research
press@jewishresearch.org
415-386-2604
Garen Singer, Neusner Communications
gsinger@neusner.com
202-903-2463

San Francisco (April 3, 2006) - The Institute for Jewish and Community Research praised the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, which today affirmed that anti-Semitism on college campuses is a significant problem and said Jewish students should be protected by the Department of Education, and if necessary, by Congress from discrimination and abuse.  ...more

PDF of Press Release


International & Multiracial Gathering Celebrates Ethnic Diversity of Jewish Community

Contact:
Institute for Jewish & Community Research
(415) 386-2604

San Francisco (February 9, 2006) - On February 17-20, 2006 the Be'chol Lashon International Think Tank will bring together Jewish community leaders from Africa, Asia, Latin America, Australia, Europe, Israel, and the United States to celebrate the ethnic and racial diversity of the Jewish community. (Be'chol Lashon is Hebrew for "In Every Tongue.") The four-day gathering in the San Francisco Bay Area will build from the analysis and conclusions of noted scholar Gary A. Tobin, and co-authors Diane Tobin and Scott Rubin, who documented in the acclaimed book, In Every Tongue: The Racial and Ethnic Diversity of the Jewish People, that Jews are far more diverse than commonly believed.  ...more

PDF of Press Release


It Sounds Better In Amharic!
Ethiopian-Israeli Actor Brings His Acclaimed One-Man Show to the Bay Area

Contact:
Hallie Baron
Director, Marketing Communications
Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties
(415) 512-6429
hallieb@sfjcf.org

San Francisco (February 2, 2006) - In celebration of Black History Month and the Ethiopian-Jewish community, Ethiopian-Israeli Actor Yossi Vassa brings his one-man show, "It Sounds Better In Amharic," to the Bay Area for several performances, February 11 through February 20, 2006. After each performance, Vassa will be talking to the audience and answering questions. Sponsored by the Israel Center of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties, in partnership with Be'chol Lashon, a program of the Institute for Jewish & Community Research, "It Sounds Better In Amharic" is not only entertaining and moving, but also educates audiences on the enriching cultural impact Ethiopian Jews have had on Israeli culture. ...more

PDF of Press Release


New Book Exposes Pervasive Anti-Semitism in U.S. Higher Education
The UnCivil University Examines How the American University Has Become a Haven for Hatred and Presents Policy Solutions to Counteract this Disturbing Trend

Contact:
Institute for Jewish & Community Research
(415) 386-2604

Washington, DC (November, 29, 2005) - The Institute for Jewish & Community Research announced today the release of The UnCivil University by Dr. Gary Tobin.   The book exposes how American universities have become politicized institutions where ideological bias often trumps good scholarship. The book examines the ideology and expression of anti-Semitism and anti-Israelism on campus as an example of the systemic ills in higher education, and presents policy solutions to combat this problem. ...more

PDF of Press Release


Dr. Gary Tobin Hosts Press Conference to Present Study Finding Pervasive Anti-Semitism in American Higher Education
Event Comes Day Before Dr. Tobin to Testify Before U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

Contact:
Institute for Jewish & Community Research
(415) 386-2604

Washington, DC (Nov. 15, 2005) - WHAT: Dr. Gary Tobin, president of the Institute for Jewish & Community Research, will be hosting a press conference to discuss findings from his latest book, The UnCivil University: Politics and Propaganda in American Education. The event comes one day before Dr. Tobin is scheduled to testify before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights regarding the pervasive problem of anti-Semitism on U.S. college campuses. This marks the first time the Commission is examining this issue. ...more


New Research Finds 20% of Jewish America Is Ethnically and Racially Diverse
Study shows the increase in diverse Jews mirrors the changing racial and religious character of America

Contact:
Noam Neusner, Neusner Communications
Email:  noam@neusner.com
Institute for Jewish & Community Research
202-674-0738

San Francisco (September 8, 2005) - New research debunks the commonly held view that America's Jews are a monolithic people of exclusively white European ancestry. In their new book, In Every Tongue (Institute for Jewish & Community Research, $25, 251 pages) noted scholar Gary A. Tobin and co-authors Diane Tobin and Scott Rubin show that American Jews are a multiracial people -- perhaps the most diverse people in history. ...more

PDF of Press Release


Even without Disaster Relief, American Mega-Generosity Far Exceeds That of Other Nations
Upcoming Study Shows that American Private Giving Sets Trends for Government Spending

Contact:
Institute for Jewish & Community Research

San Francisco (January 13, 2005) - An upcoming study, to be published in full in spring 2005 by the San Francisco-based Institute for Jewish & Community Research, finds that the top 6% of annual American charitable contributions exceeds the combined efforts of all other nations to aid victims of the recent Indian Ocean tsunami. ...more

PDF of full report


Grammy-nominated Ugandan singers join Jewish gospel-style choir from Philadelphia for a stirring evening of song and celebration.

Contact:
Institute for Jewish & Community Research

San Francisco (February 4, 2005) - An unforgettable evening of uplifting and eclectic songs is on the bill for a concert celebrating Jewish diversity and honoring Black History Month at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, Sunday, February 20, 2005. ...more

PDF of Press Release

PDF of Concert Flyer


New Survey Shows Sharp Increase in the Number of Americans with No Religious Identity
Study also finds that many raised with multiple religions have no religion as adults.

San Francisco (September 21, 2004) - When asked to name their religion, sixteen percent (16%) of American adults, or 34 million people, now decline to choose a church or denomination, up from less than ten percent (10%) in the early 1990s. . ...more

PDF of full report


New Study: The future of the Jewish community depends on better recruitment and retention of professionals
Existing Jewish communal professionals also find career growth, support, and training lacking

San Francisco (August 31, 2004) - As many as 50% of Jewish educators, managers, and other communal professionals leave their organizations within the first five years of employment, threatening the long-term viability of the Jewish community, according to a new report released bythe Institute for Jewish & Community Research. ...more


“The Passion of the Christ” Having Unexpected Impact:
Film and Surrounding Debate Might Be Lessening Hostility Toward Jews

San Francisco (March 15, 2004) - Although 24% of Americans familiar with Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” say that Jews alive at the time were most responsible for Christ’s crucifixion, less than two percent of Americans blame Jews of today...more

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